College of the Desert
Palm Desert, CA 92260


Type 2 year
Control Public
Campus size Medium
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 10,792
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Students with disability 6%
Student to faculty ratio 28:1
Campus housing No
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


College of the Desert has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Tuition & Fees

College of the Desert charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $6,888 and in-state students paid $1,289.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $7,496
In State Tuition
National Average = $3,466
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $7,623
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 81% of College of the Desert's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 61% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,451 (which is 1.9% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at College of the Desert in 2016-2017, was 0, which is -- of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was -- (which is 100% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,368
Federal Loan
National Average = $4,557
Financial aid
National Average = 79%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, College of the Desert has enrolled a total of 10,792 students (4,042 students full-time and 6,750 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 10,792 students, 364 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 45% men and 55% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

The institution also enrolled 642 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Hispanic: 70%

White: 18%

Asian: 3%

Black/African American: 3%

Two or more races: 3%

Non-resident alien: 2%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at College of the Desert.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 14% 418
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 12% 362
Health Professions And Related Programs 8% 255
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 8% 231
Psychology 4% 128
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 4% 123
Mechanic And Repair Technologies/technicians 4% 123
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 4% 110
Social Sciences 3% 94
Family And Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 3% 93

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 30%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of College of the Desert full-time students who started class in 2013 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $25,082

The typical median income of College of the Desert graduates 6 years after enrollment is $24,000. Last year, out of the total 1,322 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,124 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,484 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,217 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $24,000 $29,500
Employment Rate 85% 82%
Total Graduates 1,322 1,484

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 2 year colleges within 100 mile radius of College of the Desert.

Crafton Hills College
46.1 mile away
Moreno Valley College
48 mile away
Riverside City College
59.3 mile away
Palomar College
60.9 mile away
MiraCosta College
64.6 mile away
Norco College
68.9 mile away
San Diego Miramar College
70.8 mile away